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Fake coronavirus test kits seized at Los Angeles airport

The package had come from the U.K.

Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized what appear to be fake novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, tests at the Los Angeles International Airport, the agency said Saturday.

The agency called it a "significant interception, at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of a National Emergency."

The seized shipment of fake tests was turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to CBP.

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, admitted Thursday the U.S. health system has struggled with getting testing up and running.

    He added: "The idea of anybody getting [a test] easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we're not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. We're not."

    There are more than 155,000 confirmed cases of the virus in at least 140 countries, according to a case count by Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., at least 56 people have died and more than 2,500 have been infected.

    ABC News' Jack Date, Christina Carrega and Matt Gutman contributed to this report.